How to Make the Loss of a Pet Easier
Some positive things you can do to help the healing process and to commemorate the life of your dogs and cats include:
- take photographs with your pet before the euthanasia where possible
- have a painting done of your pet to hang on the wall
- get their paw print in clay
- give your pet a treat they don’t normally have on the day of their euthanasia
- we can save a lock of your pets hair as a keepsake
- we can take a paw print for you to keep
- plant a tree in memory of your pet
- have your pet cremated and returned in a decorative urn – see more info here
- have your pet cremated with their favourite collar, teddy or blanket.
- incorporate some of your pet’s ashes in a decorative keepsake such as a spun glass globe or jewelery
- scatter their ashes in their favourite place
- elect to have your pet buried at Lawnswood Crematorium’s pet cemetery where you can visit them any day of the year
- hold a memorial service
- hold a candle lighting ceremony
- have a garden plaque made with their name and dates on it
- receive grief counselling or join a pet lovers grief support group with Pet Eden
Easy Online Booking
Sometimes its difficult to talk about this topic over the phone because of the emotion involved. That’s why we’ve made it a little easier by creating an online booking app so you can see our euthanasia service schedule and pick a time and day that suits you best.
If you are having your pet cremated and wish to purchase a special urn, please see this page. The scheduler won’t let you choose a specific urn, but you can let the vet know of your choice at the time of the appointment. The vet can also take any extra payment for these as well.
If in doubt, or you have a query, please don’t hesitate to contact us or use our live chat feature to the left of the page.
Hear From Other Pet Owners
How much does it cost to euthanize a pet?
Pet euthanasia is usually based on weight and can range from $245 for a small animal, to $375 or more for a pet over 40kg.
Is pet euthanasia painful?
The euthanasia injection is a bit like an anaesthetic overdose so there is no pain involved. A pet drifts from consciousness, to unconsciousness to passing. Most vets will also give a pre-euthanasia sedative to make sure the pet is as peaceful as possible.
How long does it take to euthanize a pet?
A pre-euthanasia sedative is usually given under the skin which takes 2-10 minutes for your pet to be fully relaxed. After this the final injection is given in a vein, usually in the front leg. This is quick acting, and pet’s normally pass peacefully within 30 seconds on average.
How do I know when it’s time to euthanize my dog?
When it is not possible for them to maintain a good quality of life. For instance, untreatable disease, invasive cancer, protracted vomiting, not eating, difficulty walking or severe trauma. Humane euthanasia may also need to be considered when financial limitations prohibit treatment when no suitable alternative can be found. If in doubt, speak to your veterinarian.
What to do with dogs after they are put down?
Many people will have their pet cremated and ashes returned in a memorial urn or wooden box for safe keeping. Others prefer to bury their pets in their yard. If neither of these is an option, many crematoriums offer group cremation and disposal of ashes. This represents a low cost, yet environmentally friendly, solution to disposal of pet remains in a respectable manner.
What drug is used for pet euthanasia?
Besides the initial sedative medication, the euthanasia solution contains a drug call pentobarbital. This causes a very minimal discomfort for your pet (aside from the initial needle being inserted into the skin).
It affects the central nervous system first so that your pet lapses into unconsciousness, followed by anaesthesia (and the absence of any pain), followed by stopping breathing and cardiac function. It’s a kind solution that thankfully veterinary medicine can afford to pet’s in pain or with a terminal illness.